Iowa State, Iowa Play to a 6-6 Tie
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The tie, the sixth in ISU softball history and first since Iowa State and Iowa tied 3-3 in 1995, marked the final event of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Cyclones had already clinched the trophy and finished ahead in the final standings 14-11.
Quick Start, Stop, Quick Start Again
The Cyclone offense wasted no time getting to work in the bottom of the first as Brittany Gomez led off with a high-chopper to third for an infield single and Sarah Hawryluk also recorded an infield single. Lexi Slater's at-bat featured a passed ball and a wild pitch from Kayla Massey that allowed Gomez to score and put ISU ahead 1-0.
After the wild pitch, the umpires decided to stop the game due to rains and it put the game into an 84-minute rain delay. When the teams got back to action, Slater drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Rachel Hartman struck out and Slater went for second on the strikeout pitch. That gave Hawryluk the time she needed to come home and make it 2-0 ISU. Two batters later, Jorden Spendlove brought Slater home on a chopper up the middle for a 3-0 ISU advantage.
Iowa got its bats going in the top of the second as Massey redeemed herself with a 2-run home run off Katie Johnson to reduce the Cyclone lead to 3-2.
Davison Triple Scores Two
In the bottom of the third, Hartmana nd Spendlove both drew walks to bring Sara Davison to the plate. With two outs already recorded, Iowa was looking to get out of the jam, but Davison had other plans as she fired one down the right-field line and into the wet wall and corner in right. Hartman scored with ease and Spendlove hurried around while Davison got in standing with a triple and ISU had a 5-2 lead.
Iowa took another swipe into ISU's lead in the fourth as Whitney Repole led off the inning with a solo home run to right-center to reduce the Cyclone deficit to 5-3. That would be it for Iowa as Johnson was able to retire the next three in order.
Iowa State got back to work in the bottom of the inning as Gomez got her third hit of the game on a bunt past the pitcher and Hawryluk reached on a fielder's choice with Gomez advancing to second. Two batters later, Hartman drove in her 26th run of the season with a line-drive to right to make it 6-3 Iowa State as Gomez came home.
Iowa Powers Two
The Hawkeyes had a couple more shots left in the fifth as a solo homer from Brianna Luna and a 2-run home run for Megan Blank in the space of three batters tied the game at 6-6. Iowa almost got the lead as Massey hit a single to right, Iowas brough pinch runner Kara Misel around third, but Aly Cappaert made a one-hop throw to the plate just in time to get the runner and keep the game tied.
Iowa State had a final chance in the fifth as Davison drew a one-out walk. Sara Rice bunted the runner over to second for the second out. Maddie Reese got good contact on an offering, but it was flown to center for the third out and the umpires called the game due to darkness.
Iowa State returns to Big 12 play Friday when they take on Texas Tech in Lubbock. The three-game series begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Saturday's game at 4 p.m. and the Sunday game at noon.